Kolkata, April 2: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi visited the accident spot in Kolkata flyover collapse on Saturday to oversee the rescue operation two days after the accident took place. The Gandhi scion stayed away from giving any political statement saying this is not the right to politicise such tragedy. “I have come here to meet injured, do not want to give a political statement,” Gandhi said while meeting the victims of the bridge collapse.
He described the incident as a sad one and vowed to lend whatever support is possible from his end. “It’s a tragedy and I believe at such times one must give whatever support they can,” Gandhi said after meeting the victims.
The Congress vice-president also made it a point to visit the Kolkata Medical College and Hospital and meet the victims, who are recuperating, and enquire them if they needed anything. (Also Read: Flyover collapse: Rahul Gandhi to visit Kolkata, meet victim)
However, it may be recalled that on Thursday the under-construction bridge near Vivekananda Park collapsed following some technical errors when hundreds of people were present underneath the bridge. Till last reports reached, many people succumbed to their injuries on reaching the hospital taking the death toll to 26.
The state government had earlier announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs. five lakh to next of kin of the victims and Rs. two lakh to gravely injured people. The Hyderabad-based construction company IVRCL, which was constructing the flyover, said that the unfortunate incident was an accident and maintained that it was beyond anyone’s control.
Five employees of the company have been detained in Kolkata and two in Hyderabad. The military and NDRF teams, which were rushed to carry out relief and rescue efforts, used heavy earth movers and gas cutting paraphernalia to complete the operation. The rescue operations were completed yesterday.